by Richard Belzer
Hardcover, 228 pages
"Americans have been trained by media to go into Pavlovian giggles at the mention of...conspiracy." -Gore Vidal. And isn't that the knee-jerk reaction? Forget the message; kill the messenger. But one has to discern and discriminate and not throw away the wheat with the chaff. Richard Belzer's "UFOs, JFK, and Elvis" revisits a couple of conspiracies that have never been explained away with any great clarity. The JFK assassination or the UFO cover-up.
In this highly readable and fascinating page-turner...Belzer first focuses on the confusing and contradicting and down-right sloppy investigation of our murdered president on November 22, 1963. We are reminded of the players and possible motives leading up to the assassination along with the dozens of stones left unturned by the Warren Commission. Readers will no doubt be familiar with many of the strange coincidences and odd happenstances surrounding this mess, but Belzer lays out all the snafus in an easy, entertaining style. (An extensive bibliography is also included.)
As for the subject of UFOs..with all the recent sightings and actual acknowledgment from our own government, Belzer's spotlight on UFOs, extraterrestrial life, and documented reports make for a timely and equally enjoyable read. Elvis...is never mentioned.
"Goin Blind" - Kiss / "Hotter Than Hell" (1974)